Fighting More than Fires

An Afghan girl scout is given fire hose training from an Embassy Kabul firefighter, April 2019. Photo courtesy of Embassy Kabul
By Richard Matton Diplomacy comes in many forms. While the peace and reconciliation efforts that Embassy Kabul’s diplomats have engaged in throughout the past 18...

Highlighting Heroes

From left: Forbes Slater; Ambassador Daniel Smith, director of FSI; Elizabeth “Lizzie” Slater; Secretary of State Michael Pompeo; DGHR Carol Z. Perez; and Charlie...

History of Labor

ILO Director-General David A. Morse receives the 1969 Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the ILO from Aase Lionaes, chairman of the Nobel Committee of the Norwegian Parliament, in the Aula of the University of Oslo. Photo courtesy of ILO
By Thomas Whitney October 29 marked 100 years since the United States hosted the first International Labor Conference (ILC), the annual high-level meeting of the...

Investing in Future Female Leaders

One of the 60 Gold Award Girl Scouts in attendance, takes notes during the question and answer session of Women in Leadership, Oct. 11. Photo by Candice Helton
By Rachel Ingal and Nayab Khan The International Day of the Girl is a United Nations effort to draw the international community into a dialogue...

Duck and Cover

A member of the Latvian State Police receives touch-ups to his realistic wounds during the SWORD exercise. Photo by Edgars Grundšteins
By Chad Twitty Not many regional security officers (RSOs) would welcome the opportunity to have hostile protesters gather at the gates of an American embassy...

Team Effort

Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations agents deliver food and water to severely damaged Fox Town on the Abaco Islands in the Bahamas, in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, Sept. 6. Photo by Kris Groagn
By Daniel A. Durazo Hurricane Dorian made landfall on the Island of Abaco in the northern Bahamas, Sept. 1. Maximum sustained winds of 185 miles...

Passionate Professionalism

Center, second row: Under Secretary of State for Management Brian J. Bulato and Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources Carol Z. Perez stand with the 2019 Department of State award winners after the award ceremony in the Benjamin Franklin Room, Nov. 13. State Department photo
By Amanda J. Richard The sparkling chandeliers and gold-leaf-encrusted stanchions of the Harry S. Truman Building’s storied Benjamin Franklin Room provided an exquisite backdrop for...

Showcasing History

By Reva Gupta Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the United States Diplomacy Center would now be known as the National Museum of American Diplomacy...

Above and Beyond

The 2019 Foreign Service National of the Year award recipients attend an event at the DACOR Bacon House with Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources Carol Z. Perez (center), Nov. 13. Photo by Heidi Howland
By Amanda J. Richard There is no single superlative that can be used to characterize the immense contributions made by the 2019 Foreign Service National...

Accessibility Solutions

A Ruby XLHD Handheld Magnifier, a digital magnification device that also allows for color filtration for individuals with visual impairments, sits on top of architecture plans for the new Access Center. Photo by Heidi Howland
By David Conner The Bureau of Human Resources’ Office of Accessibility and Accommodations (HR/OAA) will soon open the Department of State’s new Access Center, a...